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Survival of the Strong

As firefighters, we want the best. We want the best in order to be able to do the best job we can. On the whole, we’re motivated and driven; we have a job to do, we know how to do it, and we want to deliver. We want the best workplace environment, the best equipment, …

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Demystifying Emotions – One First Responder At A Time

When you think about truly sharing your emotions, would you prefer to leave the conversation or conveniently find something else to talk about? Maybe it’s because you don’t know how you are feeling or maybe you want to shout “none of your business!” Or is it because you think sharing emotions makes you look weak?

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Cognitive Disconnection As Firefighters

By: Jeff Dill As firefighters we allow our emotions to overcome reality and then base our decisions on those emotions such as anger, guilt, jealousy or other emotions. This can result in cognitive disconnection. Cognitive disconnection is the importance of knowing our emotions and how we react on those emotions which can ultimately affect our …

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When the stress doubles, we double the coping mechanisms. Having worked with emergency services for over 20 years, I have learned a thing or two about critical incident stress.  We generally associate it as the stress coming from the collected sights, sounds, and moral dilemmas not normally faced by the regular public.  Jeffrey Mitchell, himself …

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Canine Therapy: Brad Dodd Story

Brad’s choice to work with dogs came naturally to him, but his goal took determination and work to achieve. His goal was designed to help others, but it also ended up helping Brad recognize his own personal struggles.

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